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BASI Ski Instructor Training program in Tignes

Gapski is the most affordable and all inclusive ski instructor training course available.

The 10 week course runs during the winter season and is based in Tignes, France, part of one of the greatest ski areas on earth, l'Espace Killy.

By joining Gapski you can set yourself on a new career path in the ski industry or simply have the experience of a life time while becoming a better skier and gaining a recognised qualification as a ski instructor.


Gapski and BASI

You will be trained through the British Association of Snowsports Instructors (BASI) exam system gaining a BASI Level 2 qualification on successful completion of the course.

BASI is the governing body responsible for the training and grading of British Instructors.

A BASI Level 2 qualification allows you to teach in many places in the world, including the UK, most of Europe, New Zealand and the Americas.

BASI qualifications are held in high international regard with the top levels equalling the French, Austrian and Italian Diploma's.

We are now taking bookings for the 2014 course.

Dowwnload the Gapski 2014 brochure and Application Form.

Why Gapski?

Gapski is a 10 week ski instructor training programme based in Tignes, a lively and snow sure resort that sits at 2100m above sea level in the French Alps. Together with the neighboring resort of Val d'Isère they make up the world famous ski area known as the Espace Killy (so named after France's Olympic downhill skiing champion Jean Claude Killy). It offers over 300km's of piste skiing and is well renowned for its off piste terrain and some of Europe's most spectacular scenery. It really is one of the greatest ski areas in the world!


Whether you are looking for an international qualification with a view to a career in the ski industry or simply a way to maximise your skiing potential whilst doing a season, then the Gapski programme is the most comprehensive and effective ski training programme out there.

The Gapski course is designed to train students through to BASI Level 2 which allows you to work as a ski instructor in various countries all over the world. Locations include UK snowdomes, Austria, Switzerland, New Zealand, and North America amongst others.

No hidden Costs

The course fee includes all BASI fees: membership, your level 1 and 2 exams, the Child Protection module, first aid course and the required 70 hours shadowing and ski school experience. There will be coaching on piste performance, freeride/off piste, moguls and park skills. You will receive avalanche awareness sessions and opportunities to learn ski tuning and maintenance. You will develop an understanding of ski and teaching theory including personal development, skier analysis, mountain safety, lesson planning and group management. In fact everything you need (and more) to prepare for your exams!

Free Head Skis

Gapski is also proud to offer all students a free pair of HEAD skis and a lift pass that will be valid for the entire season included in the price. You can come out as early as you like, complete the course and then enjoy the rest of the season without spending another penny on lift passes! You will also receive a complimentary gapski jacket to be worn whilst shadowing towards your 70 hour total.

All students will stay in the chalet hotel The Alpaka Lodge, and will have full board accommodation - 7 days a week for the duration of the course. This allows you to be fully immersed in your training and resort life. In addition a hot lunch is provided on the hill every day even when not training.

Unlike your average programme, everything is included, no hidden costs, no extra charges, it's all in there!

the development centre - TDC

Gapski training is delivered by the development centre(TDC) all instructors are BASI level 4 ISTD qualified and TDC has 5 BASI examiners within their ranks.

the development centre is there to ensure that you get the best possible training for your exams.

Thanks to our working relationship with Interski, on successful completion of the course there is the opportunity to gain work as a ski instructor for Interski in the Aosta Valley, Italy. We can provide references, personal recommendations and help with applications and cv's.

Go to the Gapski booking page now...

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What others have been saying about
TDC the development centre - Meribel


  • Excellent Tuition

    "Anyone thinking of doing off piste but not having the confidence to take the plunge, TDC is definitely the tuition centre for you."
    Dan, 2017
  • Professional and fun!

    "We have used TDC in Meribel/3 Valleys for the last 3 years in various combinations - instruction for younger kids, older kids, adults and whole family guiding. Always professional and well led by Jamie."
    Ginger, 2017
  • Outstanding!!

    "Used Jamie at TDC on numerous occasions for family trips with 2 kids and for "Dads" trips all of which have been great fun and all of us have improved massively!"
    Tim 2017
  • Ski Instruction Val Thorens

    "We had James and Ren with us for the week working across all abilities. They were great , we all had fun and it allowed the adults some time to ski with the the kids ,as well as on our own"
    Gill 2017
  • TDC will make you the skier you dream of being

    "It doesn't matter whether you're a beginner or not, TDC will improve your skiing and get you skiing..."
    Juhu, 2017

Group Clinics

Designed to allow individuals to get access to quality and specific ski instruction, groups are kept between 3-6 people,

Private Development Lessons

For those individuals, or groups, who would like to benefit from their own instructor, private lessons are a great.

Off-Piste Ski Lessons

Learn to ski powder in either a group clinic or private lesson format. Ski the whole mountain, go on adventures that you.

Children's Ski Lessons

Groups or Privates, Teenagers or Children. Safe, Fun and Inspiring. Fantastic all round ski coaching for 10 - 17yr olds.

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